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Research in Psychology

In the School of Psychology, we’re committed to conducting innovative, high quality and socially relevant research which directly informs our teaching. The Psychology Research Hub includes the Culture and Social Psychology Group (CuSP), Forensic Cognition Research Group, Networking Families Research Group and Psychology of Health and Wellbeing Research Group. Many psychology staff based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also play an active role in University based research groups:

  • Centre for Policing Research and Learning has an ambitious, innovative and wide-ranging programme of activities involving research, education and knowledge exchange.
  • Citizenship & Governance Research aims to rethink the changing relationships between governance, institutions and citizens.
  • Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) unites contemporary practice-based research and critical policy analysis in crime, harm, policing, criminal justice and criminalisation, with an awareness of historical, psychological and social contexts.
  • Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area brings together a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues from across the OU with external collaborators from the wider academy, industry, government, policy and practice in a bid to work together to address local, national and international health challenges.

Our Research

Book covers imageCurrent projects in the School of Psychology include research into:

  • Child language brokers
  • Discursive constructions of identities
  • Driving and mobile phone use
  • Gender, sexualities, relationships, parenting
  • Intergroup relations, segregation and social change
  • Mental health in context
  • Police investigations & interviewing
  • Public understandings of Brexit and Post-Brexit Politics
  • Social media

Key Contacts:

Director of Research: Dr Eleni Andreouli

Public Engagement Leads: Dr Liza Lazard, Dr Gemma Briggs and Prof Stephanie Taylor

REF Lead: Prof Darren Langdridge

PGR Coordinator: Dr Simon Clarke

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